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Tuesday, 7 December 1976


Omit sub-clause (16), substitute the following sub-clauses: "(16) A person who, immediately before the commencing day, held office as a Commissioner, as the Chairman of the Commission or as the Vice-Chairman of the Commission for a term expiring after that day continues, subject to section 37 of the Principal Act as amended by this Act, to hold office for the remainder of that term. "( 1 6A) On or as soon as practicable after the commencing day, the Governor-General may, in respect of a State, by writing under his hand, declare that a specified person referred to in sub-section (16) who is ordinarily resident in that State is to be deemed to be a Commissioner appointed in respect of that State by virtue of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 31 of the Principal Act as amended by this Act and to have been ordinarily resident in that State at the time of his appointment and, for the purposes of the Principal Act as amended by this Act, the person specified in the declaration shall be deemed to be a Commissioner so appointed and to have been so resident".

The Government is concerned firstly about ensuring the position and continuation in office of commissioners and, secondly, that it will be able to deem certain commissioners to be commissioners appointed in respect of States. When this Bill is enacted we will be able to specify certain commissioners from each State. It is really a machinery matter flowing on from the basic thrust of the Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of Bill and postponed clause 3- by leave- taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report- by leave- adopted.

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